Last week the Centennial City Council passed a motion to table, indefinitely, opting out of the TriCounty Health Department mask mandate. The vote was unanimous. Just the week before they had enough votes to opt out. What happened in the intervening week to change this sentiment?
The community spoke up! The council received more than 800 messages about the issue and 85% were in favor of keeping the mandate. Even with Gov. Jared Polis issuing an executive order to wear masks inside public places for 60 days, people realized that both mandates were necessary to fill in the gaps, i.e. wearing a mask outside when social distancing isn't possible and extending the mandate to 90 days, in order to effectively stem the spread of COVID19. This is what the scientific/medical research shows.
With cases on the rise, we can't afford to fall back — physically, emotionally and economically. A full court press is necessary with all municipalities joining in for the common good.
I am pleased that both Centennial and Littleton city councils listened to the wishes of their constituents on this issue.
And I am excited to see communities rise to use their voice and know that they will be heard. That kind of empowerment is tangible and necessary for effective representation at all levels of government.
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